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Liskeard could be about to get a new Costa

Liskeard could be about to get a new Costa

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:35pm 19th June 2018.

By Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

A new Costa Coffee shop could be on its way to Liskeard if planning is approved next week.

The new outlet is planned to be built at The Bubble Retail Park on the outskirts of the town which already has Argos, Pets at Home and B&M stores based there.

Menheniot Parish Council, which covers the area, has objected to the plans while local Cornwall councillor Phil Seeva asked for the application to go before the planning committee because of concerns about the impact it could have on Liskeard town centre.

The application is set to go before the east sub-area planning committee when it meets on Monday and has been recommended for approval by planning officers.

In the report going to the committee planning officers say that the small size of the outlet means the impact on the town centre will be limited. The shop will have takeaway and eat-in areas.

They also state that the shop is expected to mainly be used by customers of the existing shops on the retail park rather than attracting new customers. Officers also highlight the benefits of creating new jobs with the coffee shop.

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Menheniot Parish Council said in their objection that they were concerned about the impact it could have on the town centre.

The council statement added: “They raised concerns about the possibility of customer waste and debris littering the area surrounding the outlet, and ask that planners make a provision of waste bins where takeaway customers can deposit waste cups and a minimum of twice daily litter picks as a condition of any approval given.”

Objections have also been received from Liskeard Town Council and Liskeard Chamber of Commerce, both saying that it could have an impact on the town centre.

There have been a number of other objections raising similar points and also concerns about potential litter at the site.

However there has also been a letter of support saying: “It is about time that there is a coffee shop in Liskeard that you can use without having to pay for car parking.”

The east sub-area planning committee will meet in Bodmin on Monday (June 25) to decide the application.

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